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NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Minnesota



(Sunday, November 18th)

Final Score: Minnesota 4, Colorado 1

St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Matt Foy had a goal and an assist as the injury-riddled Minnesota Wild buried the Colorado Avalanche, 4-1, at Xcel Energy Center.

It was the fourth matchup between the teams in the last five weeks, with every game falling on a Sunday.

Aaron Voros, Stephane Veilleux and Brent Burns also scored for the Wild, who were playing minus a couple of big guns in center Mikko Koivu and left wing Pavol Demitra. Koivu suffered a cracked bone in his left leg Friday against Vancouver, while Demitra has been sidelined with a strained groin since November 4. Derek Boogaard was also scratched with an injured elbow.

Josh Harding made 27 saves as Minnesota won for the second time in three games.

"It seemed to be a solid team effort all the way around," said forward Dominic Moore. "We protected our end extremely well, didn't give up much and to be honest that's the hockey that the Wild should be aiming for, have been known for and need to get back to."

Milan Hejduk had the lone tally and Peter Budaj surrendered four goals on 26 shots for Colorado, which has opened a four-game road trip with consecutive losses and has dropped three of its last four overall.

"We have to play better," said Hejduk. "That's everybody, including myself. It just hasn't been enough the last couple of games. It was not a good effort. It didn't matter how they played, we just didn't play well."

Voros put the Wild on top with 4:18 left in the first period, though Foy did most of the work. The young forward came from behind the net and, on a stuff-in attempt, left the puck laying in the crease. Voros was there and immediately roofed a shot under the crossbar, making it 1-0.

Budaj kept it that way a little more than a minute later with a spectacular blocker save against Eric Belanger. Budaj slid nearly post-to-post to stop the wrist shot, then had the puck carom up and off the crossbar before it fell to the crease, where he covered it up and earned the whistle.

Foy doubled the margin 3:32 into the second, coming in from the right side and throwing a harmless-looking shot on goal that somehow slipped past Budaj. It was the first goal for Foy since he scored a pair against Vancouver on October 12, 2005.

Minnesota made it 3-0 when, just a few seconds after Harding denied Tyler Arnason on a breakaway, Martin Skoula went the other way and sent a pass to Veilleux at the opposite blue line. Veilleux then broke in as part of an odd- man rush, but instead of passing blasted the puck home with 4:45 left.

Colorado answered 42 seconds later, as Hejduk gathered the puck behind the net and sent a lazy shot toward the crease that deflected off Harding's pad and over the goal line.

Burns restored the three-goal edge when he knocked home Brian Rolston's backhand pass through the slot with 2:44 left in the second period.

Game Notes

These teams will play each other on six Sundays this season, a Wild franchise record for games played against an opponent on a Sunday...The Wild have won their last three home games by a combined 13-4 score, and are 7-2-0 at the Xcel Energy Center this season...Colorado was 0-for-4 on the power play, while Minnesota went 0-for-2.

11/18 21:09:07 ET

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